First Transit Signs New Contract for Transit Services with the City of Santa Maria, California

CINCINNATI— First Transit, Inc., a leading private provider of transit management and contracting services, has signed a new contract for transit services with the City of Santa Maria, Calif., effective July 1, 2009. First Transit is part of Cincinnati-based FirstGroup America, North America's largest transportation company.

The contract is a three-year agreement that includes the operation, maintenance and management of a fleet of 21 transit buses that will provide local fixed route, intercity commuter and ADA paratransit services.

Brad Thomas, interim president of First Transit said: "We are pleased to be selected as the transportation services provider for the City of Santa Maria. Safety and customer service are our core values; they drive everything we do. We are committed to offering dependable, efficient and safe transit services for the people of Santa Maria."

First Transit works closely with its customers to develop expert, customized solutions to fit their specific passenger transportation and budget needs. From complete operations and transit management services to comprehensive preventative maintenance and inspection programs, First Transit provides its fixed-route, paratransit and shuttle transportation customers with innovative, reliable and cost-effective solutions.

About First Transit
First Transit, Inc., part of FirstGroup America, is a leading provider of passenger transportation contract and management services in the United States. FirstGroup America is the recipient of the National Safety Council's Green Cross for Safety Medal, in recognition of its strong safety culture, commitment to its core values of safety and customer service, and its outstanding safety record. With more than 53 years of experience, First Transit provides operation, management and consulting for 235 locations in 45 states and Puerto Rico for transit authorities, state departments of transportation, federal agencies, municipal organizations and private companies. First Transit employs more than 14,000 dedicated transit professionals.